‘Disappointing’ increase in drivers using mobile phones
Wednesday 11th January 2012, 2:56PM GMT.
THERE was a 34 per cent increase in the number of drivers arrested last year for using a mobile phone behind the wheel compared to 2010.
By early December in 2011, the total number of arrests for this offence was 402 compared to 300 for the whole of 2010.
Inspector Diane Wheeler said that the total for the year could be even higher when the final figures were available.
‘This increase is very disappointing. It can be very dangerous for motorists to use their mobile phones while at the wheel of a car as they can’t concentrate on their driving or react so swiftly,’ she said.